‘The Gentlemen’ Is an Early Contender For Most Stylish Movie of the Year
Sunday, January 26, 2020
Like much of Ritchie’s best work, the film is a frenetic exploration of the British gangster way of life: equal parts violence, comedy, decadence and suspense.
The same can be said of the seasoned director’s signature style. There’s visual cues to help move the story along, occasional nods to pop culture, and winks to the art and business of filmmaking. There’s another classic Ritchie element that’s rarely acknowledged amidst the intertwining plots and back-alley character nicknames that are hallmarks of his most celebrated films, including Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch: the wardrobe.
This go around, however, the auteur puts the importance of the clothing front and center early on in an exchange between Mickey Pearson (Matthew McConaughey) and Matthew Berger (Jeremy Strong), where the two discuss menswear and its relation to power in snappy, subtext-heavy dialogue. Once the scene ends, it becomes impossible to ignore the fabulous wardrobe on display. These are the kind of looks that make you believe in Savile Row again. At the same time, they wouldn’t be out of place in a roundup of British brands reinventing suiting for the next generation.
To achieve this frenzied tribute to British tailoring, Ritchie enlisted Academy Award-nominated costume designer and all-around style expert Michael Wilkinson.
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